I suppose you could say that this post is a complete 180° from yesterday, where I was up in arms about my great haircut (which still looks fantastic one day later, might I add). Anyone who knows me should know that was a tongue-and-cheek post, and that I am not actually that arrogant.
But it was at work today, when I was washing my hands in the bathroom and staring at myself in the mirror to observe my physical appearance, when this thought occurred to me.
Seriously, if none of us had any idea what we looked like, what would the world be like? If mirrors, cameras, computers, and film didn’t exist, and thus, we couldn’t look at something to see our own face staring back at us, would our lives be any different?
In today’s age, this seems like an unfathomable question, but believe it or not, there was a time when human beings existed without mirrors. If people wanted to know what they looked like, they either had to ask somebody to describe it to them, or look at their reflection in the water. Or if you had an identical twin, that would give you a fairly decent idea also.
Other people would still be fully aware of what you looked like, so shallowness would still exist. But if you didn’t know what you looked like, might you be more confident? Your physical appearance would be one less thing you have to worry about in life, allowing you to focus on other things, such as improving your quality of life.
I think that people would certainly act different. What you look like gives you certain feeling about yourself. As much as we try to modify our personal appearance through makeup, different hairstyles and even surgeries, we still know what we look like. Deep down, we can say that physical appearance isn’t everything, but somewhere in the back of your mind, you still know if you’re ugly. And it affects you.
I really think that it would change the entire dynamic of our society. Our country caters to beautiful people. And Hollywood is the mecca of beautiful people. You can’t succeed in Hollywood unless you are good-looking. Period. Even the “ugly” people on television are still much better looking than the average person.
Therefore, good-looking people would not be walking around with an undeserved sense of inferiority, simply because the bone structure of their face is more preferable to others.
If we didn’t know what we look like, it would prevent people from relying on their looks to make it in this world. Kim Kardashian would not be relevant.
It’s just pretty eye-opening when you think about how much looks matter.
I guess the big question is that, if we were not aware of what we looked like, would physical appearance still matter? Beautiful people would still be treated the same way, since everyone else would know they’re beautiful. Or would it just be something that people didn’t concern themselves with? Would people actually judge others based on, yelp, personality?
And would pretty girls be aware of the fact that they are just getting hit on because of their looks?
All questions that could probably be pondered for days, and yet, we will never know the answer to. Try turning your mirrors around for one whole day, and see if you can make it. I probably wouldn’t be able to.